Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Possum Would Be Proud of Us

As most of you know, this edition of the PKR is being ridden in the memory of our friend and founding Peckerhead, Paul Leiter. For those of you who didn't know Paul, we wish you could have had the pleasure. He was -- and we know it's a cliche -- the nicest guy you ever met, an adventurer, and a great friend. Paul always wanted the PKR after his passing to be a big party celebrating all the things he loved. With that wish in mind, Paul's friends and family have  put together some special activities, mementos to that we hope share or inspire you to get on your bike. Here's what you should expect or may want to know.

1.) Through some generous donations pledges in Paul's name, every single mile ridden by every single Peckerhead will be matched with one dollar. If we ride 5690 miles altogether, we generate an equal amount of dollars. The final total will be donated in Paul's name to the Friends of the Little Miami Scenic Trail. The 78 mile Little Miami was where Paul spent most of his volunteer hours maintaining it for other cyclists. Riders are not required to donate anything except effort and energy riding as far as you can and remembering that this year you are doing some good. If you would like to contribute to the total, we will have a way to do so at the PKR.

2.) Paul rode across the United States several years back. On that trip he kept an entertaining and informative journal that he always intended to publish. In his memory, Paul's wife Ann has arranged to make that happen. Every rider will receive a bound edition of Paul's journal to take home with them. We hope you'll read that journal and be inspired to take more risks, have more adventures, and waste less time. That's what Paul would have told you to do.

3.) A World of Pain, a bike club from Delaware that is chock full of Peckerheads, took it upon themselves to make up some PKR socks. These will be available for purchase at the PKR. Eight bucks per pair, Two pair for fifteen. Fifty cents from each purchase will be donated back to the Friends of the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

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